Pure Hoppiness
Alpine Beer Company

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From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #135
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Ranked #946
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.08%
Reviews:
953
Ratings:
2,802
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 20, 2021
Added:
Dec 18, 2002
Wants:
  1,168
Gots:
  628
SCORE
96
World-Class
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Notes: So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU
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Rated by gefinley from California

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 5/11/21.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I get a lot of herby hops and just a little bready sweetness.

Bitterness and an herbal dankness dominate an extremely clean taste that only has a slight hint of malt.

It's really thin and has medium carbonation.  The finishish is dry, bitter and quick... like John Oliver's wit.

Overall it's a delightful, clean and interesting IPA that I give a 5.1 out of 6.
Aug 18, 2021
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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured out a clear golden amber with a barely sustainable head.
Fresh citrus with orange peel, some dank hop notes.
Pucker upon first sip, resin and a biting hop flavor. Lemon and grapefruit rind.
Nice bitterness and okay carbonation.
Great hop experience with this one.
Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by CAcker from California

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by robebo44 from Virginia

Jan 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.42 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire

Jan 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.62 by JCAMPBELL from Maryland

Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.63 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Aug 02, 2019
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Reviewed by AleManDan from California

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a big, classic West Coast double IPA and it’s one of the best specimens of that species. Juicy, piney, and full bodied while achieving a dry finish.

Smells of huge hops but not one fruity flavor stands out. Usually doubles don’t have as much hop scent due to all the maltiness, but this thing is “mega” hopped—dry hopped big time I bet. I get sweet malty orange spicy hops. Wow.

On the tongue piney, orange zest hops and cracker bread and toasted malts. Finishes fairly dry despite the thick, wet feel it hits you with.

It’s big, it’s flavorful and it’s pretty amazing.

I loved this review by a real pro and amend mine with it:

By: Tracy Hensley lJudges Rating:

Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A consistent aroma blend of clean pine resin, pineapple syrup, freshly ripped mint and cracked black pepper lead the way in the front of the nose. From 8 inches away, Tahitian vanilla bean pods, baked whole wheat bread, low sulfur notes and white grape-like fruitiness also appear. The white head does not persist but does create a fine foam above a slightly hazy, golden appearance. Flavors start as intense dank pine extract and continues into the aftertaste where it is accompanied by sweetened white bread, which keeps the bitterness in check with a moderate, throat-coating alcoholic warmth. The second sip showcases tropical mango juice before pine again dominates as noticeable alcohol warmth and low motor oil elements come through. Full body and full fat creaminess coats the mouth, and the medium-high carbonation and moderate hop mouthfeel close out the finish while alcohol tingles on the lips.“
Jun 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by fredmugs from Indiana

Apr 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Docrock from Illinois

Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB)

Feb 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Renobrew from Massachusetts

Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by blee0891 from Washington

Feb 13, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by RollTide7 from New Jersey

Nov 28, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
[Original rating 2015-11-19] Bottle. Pours clear dark gold with a thin white head. Aroma is a little citrus, alcohol, grass, malt. Taste is super hoppy, resiny, bitter but with just enough malt to balance it out. Nice thick mouth feel.
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Oct 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Sep 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by CtSoxFan from Connecticut

Sep 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.63 by KevinMc from Illinois

Sep 27, 2018
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Rated by chrisakavern from California

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of my favorites, follows closely behind Alpine's Duet!
Sep 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by JohnDon from Texas

Sep 26, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. No freshness date.

L: Nearly clear light golden amber pour. Fluffy white head leaves solid lacing.

S: Pine and caramel malts. Sweet and hoppy.

T/F: Malts up front... caramel and toasted grains. Pine and citrus rind hop profile. A bit of spice. West Coast style... good bitterness for balance. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A decent West Coast DIPA... may not have been at its freshest, so could be even better right out of the gate. One I'd enjoy having again.
Aug 23, 2018
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not sure how fresh this is, as it was on the discount shelf. Pours a clear amber honey with a thick white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves great lacing. Aroma is orange rind and pine. Flavor is sweet citrusy fruits followed by a bitter pine with some caramel malts in the mix. Feel is a bit heavy but overall a very nice brew. I'd like to try this fresh and/or on tap.
Jul 13, 2018
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Rated by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
pours golden. The smell is citrusy and hops. The taste is how it smells. The feel is crisp and clean. Doesn't feel like 8%. Very refreshing beer.
Jul 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by CreightonSM from New York

Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Jcbroome from Florida

May 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Brolegario from Nevada

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured a deep gold leaning toward orange rather than amber. Aroma hits you with exactly what the name told you to expect. Hops hops and more hops. Lota of pine and citrus scents with an inderlyings carmelly malt. The taste is very deep pine with orange rind bitterness. The hop lovers dream beer.
May 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

May 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.26 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Apr 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Apr 23, 2018
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